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Poster: chops11 Date: Feb 6, 2007 3:10pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: What is Up with Robyn Hitchcock?

The purpose is to provide the shows to the public, but while also archiving the highest quality possible. That is why all shows have to be uploaded in flac or shn format, because it is light years better than mp3 in terms of quality.

The software to convert a flac file to an mp3, or to burn it to a CD as an audio file is free, so in reality you can download the show, make a CD and free up your harddrive without much trouble.

let us know if you have any questions.

ed

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Poster: Tom Anderson Date: Feb 6, 2007 4:47pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: What is Up with Robyn Hitchcock?

I agree strongly with CurlyCoat on this one. The archive should only restrict lossy file types on request of the artist and in those circumstances all shows by the artist would be shn/flac only.

Although many tapers make the personal request to not convert their work into anything less than a bit for bit reproduction, the Archive's goal of Universal access to human knowledge is compromised in this situation as my GEOS browser just can't handle anything more complicated than a 64kb stream.

I want to see all audio here available as mp3, streaming and downloadable, alongside the lossless reproductions except in those situations (are there any?) where an artist requests lossless archives only.

Tom
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Poster: Tyler Date: Feb 6, 2007 5:08pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: What is Up with Robyn Hitchcock?

I want to see all audio here available as mp3, streaming and downloadable, alongside the lossless reproductions except in those situations (are there any?) where an artist requests lossless archives only.

Yes, there are many. To name a few:

Gary Jules
Maktub
Das Rut
Jason Mraz
Howie Day

As for your other part; the archive is in no way going to 'force' tapers to have mp3's on their recordings. that is the quickest way to cause lossless purists to just not upload their recordings in the first place. The current system (uploader has choice of lossless only or derivates; band decision on lossless / no derivatives superceeds taper choices) seems to be the best 'middle ground' we can do for all parties. We don't even want to think about all the raging mp3 debates we used to have here.